On Sept. 27, 1986, Metallica's bus flipped over in unseasonably chilly weather, killing bassist Cliff Burton, the man many considered the heart and soul of Metallica.
The first thing people should know about Cliff Burton is that he played bass without a pick. That may seem like a ridiculous thing to point out, but it's kind of like driving a truck without a steering wheel. Burton had agile, road-hardened fingers, and his musical mind seemed telepathically linked to drummer Lars Ulrich’s, creating perhaps the greatest metal rhythm section of all time. Burton played an integral part in writing the first three Metallica albums, with his soaring bass solos often leading the charge.